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Scientists say they can make zero-emission cement – Times of India

PARIS: Researchers on Wednesday said they were a step closer to solving one of the trickiest problems in tackling climate change -- how to keep making cement despite its enormous carbon footprint.In a world first, engineers from Britain's University of Cambridge have shown that cement can be recycled without the same steep cost to the environment as making it from scratch.Cement binds concrete together but the whitish powder is highly carbon-intensive to produce, with the sector generating more than triple the emissions of global air travel.Demand for concrete -- already the most widely used construction material on Earth -- is soaring, but the notoriously polluting industry has struggled to produce it in a less harmful way to the climate.The team at Cambridge believes it has a solution...
Nikhil Gupta, Indian arrested over Pannun ‘plot’, can be extradited to US — Czech Constitutional Court
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Nikhil Gupta, Indian arrested over Pannun ‘plot’, can be extradited to US — Czech Constitutional Court

New Delhi: Nikhil Gupta, the Indian national arrested by Czech authorities in connection with the murder-for-hire plot allegedly targeting Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, can be extradited to the US, the Czech Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday.Minister of Justice (Czech Republic) Pavel Blazek will take the final call on the extradition. The Czech authorities arrested Gupta 30 June 2023 on a request by the US. An indictment unsealed by the US Justice Department in November of the same year named Gupta as a part of the plot to allegedly murder Pannun, whom India has designated as a terrorist. Show Full Article The Constitutional Court Wednesday rejected Gupta’s application against extradition to the US. “The complaint of a...
BIMSTEC’s 27-year evolution: Charter comes into force after Nepal’s ratification
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BIMSTEC’s 27-year evolution: Charter comes into force after Nepal’s ratification

New Delhi: The charter of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) came into effect Monday — 27 years after the grouping was first envisioned in Bangkok, Thailand. The seven members of BIMSTEC — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand — first signed the charter on 30 March 2022 at the fifth BIMSTEC summit held virtually in Colombo, Sri Lanka. However, it could come into force only after every country ratified the document, which finally happened in April 2024.  The document also gives the organisation a legal personality, establishes a mechanism for admitting new members and observers, and enables negotiations and agreements with countries and other regional and international groupings.  “The entry into force ...
Vice President Dhankar leaves for Tehran to attend Ebrahim Raisi’s funeral
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Vice President Dhankar leaves for Tehran to attend Ebrahim Raisi’s funeral

New Delhi: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday morning departed for Tehran to attend the funeral of late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, his foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and other officials who were killed in a helicopter crash, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.“VP Jagdeep Dhankhar embarks on a visit to Tehran to attend the official ceremony to pay condolences on the tragic demise of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister H. Amir-Abdollahian, of Iran,” said MEA spokesperson, Randhir Jaiswal, in a post on X.Meanwhile. thousands of people took to the streets in Iran as the funeral ceremony of Raisi began Friday in the city of Tabriz in the north-western region where the chopper in which he was travelling crashed on Sunday. “Vice-President of ...